New York Times Reviews Yaffe’s Joni Mitchell Bio
The New York Times recently reviewed Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor David Yaffe’s biography on Joni Mitchell, entitled Reckless Child. The 420-page piece was recently released and has garnered reviews from many national sources.
As “Restless Daughter” tracks Mitchell’s musical development and her battles for creative control on tour and in the recording studio, its readers come to understand how much integrity was required for her to allow her love for jazz (never the most lucrative genre) to exert an increasing influence on her work,” the piece reads. “Equally admirable is her resilience in overcoming setbacks — dimwitted reviews, disappointing sales, an unproductive flirtation with 1980s synth-pop — and her struggles with substance addictions, among them a four-pack-a-day cigarette habit that affected her voice.”